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The Joy of Giving

By: Anne Frazier, Senior Director of Development Is there a way to “spark joy”? No, I’m not talking about the KonMari Method, (although it definitely has its merits). I’m talking about creating happiness within. The coronavirus pandemic has certainly brought to our attention how important it is for us all to monitor our mental and physical health. And, as we approach the holiday season, it’s the perfect time to explore the “joy of giving.” First, there’s a scientific reason for that joyful [...].

Kids’ Minds Matter Benefits from Superior Volunteer Leadership

Fundraising Pro and KMM Volunteer George Hamilton Earns Philanthropy Award  Anne Frazier & George Hamilton with his award The Lee-Collier Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals honored George Hamilton as a distinguished volunteer at its National Philanthropy Day virtual event on Tuesday, November 17. A true example of a dedicated, generous community member, George truly embodies all that it means to be a distinguished volunteer. George is no stranger to winning awards, which is a testament to [...].

Discovering undiagnosed issues, changing medications and schedules – How the Mental Health Navigator program helps children

By Joseph Craig, Mental Health Navigator First-grader "JL" was referred to Kids' Minds Matter's Mental Health Navigator (MHN) program after having difficulty with new situations, sitting still in class and engaging in self injurious behavior. He was frustrated with his inability to communicate and follow classroom instruction and refused to get on the bus, resulting last year in having more than 30 unexcused late arrivals. At one point, he wanted to leave school so badly that he ran into a [...].

Grateful for the Good News about 2020

Great strides made in awareness and resources for children’s mental health Scott Spiezle & Susan Goldy at the Kids’ Minds Matter press conference on Nov. 13, 2018 Between a global pandemic and the state of our nation, 2020 has proven to be a year to remember for everyone. But for us, our reasons for remembering this year look more like a glass half full. Before everything began to shut down in March, Kids’ Minds Matter’s Secret Garden Gala raised a [...].

Mental Health Mondays – My Young Adult Needs Help

View Upcoming Sessions “My Young Adult Needs Help: How to navigate when signs of mental health services are needed” On Monday, November 2, Jayme Hodges, MSW, LCSW-QS, Director of the Behavioral Health Center at Lee Health discussed how to navigate when signs of mental health services are needed for young adults. VIEW SEGMENT Mental Health by the Numbers NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness 1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year 50% [...].

HOPETOBER: Providing Hope for Breast Cancer Patients

More patients may need financial help from the Sharon MacDonald Breast Health Fund because of the pandemic By: Tammy Zinn, director for clinical support services at Lee Health’s Regional Cancer Center This October, the pandemic is likely to take some of the focus from what is traditionally Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But it’s the pandemic that makes this year’s focus on breast cancer awareness, particularly the ability to get prompt diagnosis and treatment, so critical. Beginning in March, elective procedures [...].

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